Road Trip Central America – 6 Months, 8 Countries, 1 Epic Adventure

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After two months, many thousands of miles exploring the American West, and more than 17 National Parks, my girlfriend Andrea and I crossed the border into Tijuana to begin our road trip through Central America for an overlanding adventure the likes of which neither of us ever imagined.

Many thousands of miles and six months later we had driven through 8 countries and loaded my truck onto a container ship in Colon in order to bypass the Darien Gap and arrive in Colombia.

I had the chance to chat with Jason of the Zero to Travel podcast about this once in a lifetime adventure. Give it a listen:

You can give it a listen through the embedded player below, give it a listen on iTunes, on Stitcher, or just download the episode directly.

We often hear all sorts of terrible things about crime and danger in Central America, particularly in Mexico.

But the reality is quite different…

Read More: About the Safety of Driving in Mexico and Central America

For more information about our overlanding adventures on our Road Trip through Central America, then be sure to check out:

Overlanding Mexico

Mexico was incredible to travel through, but the most frequent question I get is whether or not Mexico is safe, so be sure to check out that article, as well as my super detailed guide to traveling through Mexico. Or check out one of the posts below:

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Ryan is an author, adventurer, perpetual wanderer, and self-proclaimed dirtbag (but that might not mean what you think). Originally from Seattle, he headed to Washington D.C. where he spent five years working for Congress before heeding the call of the wild. He set out truck camping to road trip across the American West, and then across all of Central America and South America. When he isn't on the move, you can find him living as an expat in Colombia. He is also the author of the best selling book: Big Travel, Small Budget that will help you travel more for less. Follow the adventures on social media or read more.